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“…Service in Every Cause which Seemed Right and Good.” Edith Emerson on President Theodore Roosevelt

September 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am - December 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

TEMPLE JUDEA MUSEUM Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel EXHIBITION: Fall 2019 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA, 19027
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Rita Rosen Poley, Director/Curator
[email protected], 215-887-8700, ext. 416

DATES: Friday September 20th – Friday December 20, 2019 (Reception/Program TBA)
“…Service in Every Cause which Seemed Right and Good.”
Edith Emerson writing about President Theodore Roosevelt

Through the prism of historic, 1919 architectural stained glass a contemporary look at Theodore Roosevelt.

BACKGROUND: Encouraged by Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf, immediately following the death of Theodore Roosevelt in 1919, Congregation Keneseth Israel (KI) commissioned a huge stained glass window in Roosevelt’s memory. This memorial window was installed at the synagogue’s Broad Street building and was dedicated November 2, 1919. Designed by the noted artist, Edith Emerson the intricately faceted glass was executed by the noted D’Ascenzo Studios, Philadelphia. In the late 1950s the glass was one of four important windows that were moved to the synagogue’s current Elkins Park campus.

This is the fourth Temple Judea Museum (TJM) exhibition** to focus on the historic and contemporary stained glass in the collection of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, the museum’s home. The museum considers its historic glass an important heritage to be preserved and interpreted for contemporary audiences.

THROUGH CONTEMPORARY ART*, ORIGINAL OBJECTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS, THIS EXHIBITION TOUCHES ON MANY STORIES: Edith Emerson and Violet Oakley; the awarding of the commission; origin of the Teddy bear; the life, times and current controversies of Theodore Roosevelt; Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf (KI’s nationally prominent rabbi and TR were personal friends); The Prophet Elijah – the theme of the window imagery.

*CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS: (List in formation): Cheryl Harper, Joan Shrager, Marlene Adler, Rhea Dennis, Rob Dennis, Elsa Wachs, Mordechai Rosenstein, JT Waldman, Linda Nesvisky

2004 – Tradition Reflected: The Hebrew Bible in American Stained Glass
In cooperation with The Willet/Hauser Stained Glass Studio and Rambusch Studios

2014 – “Step into My Studio”, Said the Artist to the Prophet: Jacob Landau’s Massive Stained Glass, The Prophetic Quest, * Forty Years Later

2015 – Opening the Windows: JT Waldman Considers “The Prophetic Quest”, Jacob Landau’s Massive Stained Glass

PURPOSE: To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of President Theodore Roosevelt and the 100th anniversary of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial window at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel through original artifacts, documents, loans from private collectors, photographs and contemporary art work.

The Temple Judea Museum is an accessible facility with ample free, convenient parking.
Groups are welcome by advance registration to tour the exhibition and The Prophetic Quest, the massive stained glass installation by artist, Jacob Landau.
Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm except Saturday and holidays


September 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am
December 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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Keneseth Israel
8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States


Temple Judea Museum
215-901-2656, 215-887-2027